Q: How do you get over 100 mpg and have such quick cars?!
A: We use a Honda R18a engine, it's a 1.8l 4 cylinder gasoline engine (non-hybrid). The year it came out as one of the 3 engines available in the Honda Civic, it was rated by the EPA at 40mpg on the highway. We are just a bit LESS than half the weight of that Civic, and have right about half the aerodynamic drag. This roughly translates to twice the fuel economy and twice the acceleration as well. So now you have a car that get's 80 mpg and is 0-60 in 5 seconds. The additional fuel economy improvements come from some slick enhancements we make to the engine module, and those are the only aspect of WIKISPEED to date that we have applied to patent. -Joe Justice